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Jayson Tatum, Celtics Back In Eastern Conference Finals

And they’re not going away any time soon

2020 NBA Restart - All-Access Practice
ORLANDO, FL - SEPTEMBER 14: Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics shoots during practice as part of the NBA Restart 2020 on September 14, 2020 at the hotel in Orlando, Florida. 
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Tuesday night Jayson Tatum will lead his Boston Celtics against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.

It’s his and Boston’s second trip in three seasons, which is really impressive, considering that the team only has four players 28 or over and of those, only two - Enes Kanter and Kemba Walker - are critical.

The vast majority of the team is between 20 and 25, which means that if Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens can keep this group together, they could compete for titles for a generation.

Look at how it breaks down:

  • Romeo Langford, 20
  • Grant Williams, 21
  • Carsen Edwards, 22
  • Jayson Tatum, 22
  • Tremont Waters, 22
  • Robert Williams, 22
  • Jaylen Brown, 23
  • Tacko Fall, 24
  • Semi Ojeleye, 25
  • Vincent Poirier, 26
  • Marcus Smart, 26
  • Javonte Green 27

Keep in mind that in the upcoming draft, the Celtics have the #14, #26 and #30 picks and in 2021, the #26 and #56 picks respectively.

Here’s where the Celtics are: they can look at their weaknesses and say look, we have five upcoming picks and [insert player or players here] and we’d like to strike a deal with you.

Tatum is the centerpiece, but no matter what happens in the finals, the Celtics are nowhere near done building this team.